ARC Review: THE DRAGON’S PROMISE by Elizabeth Lim

I received an eARC from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions.

Title in white on blurred green and black image
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - second book of duology



Book cover for THE DRAGON'S PROMISE: title in black on green and pink drawing of a girl looking at a dragon in a garden

Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the dragon’s pearl to its rightful owner, but keeping that promise is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

She must journey to the kingdom of dragons, navigate political intrigue among humans and dragons alike, fend off thieves who covet the pearl for themselves and will go to any lengths to get it, all while cultivating the appearance of a perfect princess to dissuade those who would see her burned at the stake for the magic that runs in her blood.

The pearl itself is no ordinary cargo; it thrums with malevolent power, jumping to Shiori’s aid one minute, and betraying her the next—threatening to shatter her family and sever the thread of fate that binds her to her true love, Takkan. It will take every ounce of strength Shiori can muster to defend the life and the love she’s fought so hard to win. 

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THE DRAGON’S PROMISE is a great follow up to SIX CRIMSON CRANES. Shiori travels across the continent to new lands – dragon and demon and ghost realms – to reunite her stepmother’s pearl with its rightful owner and protect her homeland from demons and people fearful of magic.

So much happens in this book, and the crises Shiori faces twist and turn. It made this book so hard to predict in the best possible way. Every time I thought we were getting some sort of resolution, I’d see how much more book there was to go, and then get hit by another twist or stumbling block. It made for a really engaging narrative and also meant that Shiori really had to earning her ending.

I also liked how the relationships with Takkan and Seyru were handled. Despite there being two boys with interest in her, it is never a love triangle, and that’s made very clear from the start. Every chance the book has to make it one, it doesn’t. Instead, Shiori makes it very clear where her affections are, and the other boy respects that. He does push or demand a chance, just decides to accept the friendship and fight for her because he’s her friend. It was so nice to see a healthy reaction to that portrayed.

In all, it’s a lovely duology finish and I look forward to more books by Elizabeth Lim.

Read my reviews of other books by Elizabeth Lim:

Six Crimson Cranes (this series):

The Blood of Stars:


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